hard drives missing

April 18, 2009 at 15:28:27
Specs: Windows XP, P4 Dual Core 3.2, 1G RAM
I have three SATA drives installed and am
trying to test each drive to see which is the
best to have the operating system on (XP Pro).
I have tried a few testing utilities, but none of
them recognise that I have any drives installed.
Even the Western Digital Lifeguard utility
doesn't detect any drives and they are all WD
drives.I have also downloaded the Ultimate
Boot CD to try to test them and have
discovered that I am having problems with my
DVD Burner as well. Nero does not recognize
that the burner is there. This seems to be too
much of a coincidence not to be related to my
hard drive problems.

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April 18, 2009 at 15:39:09
So, if you are able to use Nero then you have Windows already installed on another drive? What type and size is that drive? What SP is installed?

Watch the POST screens at start up to verify that ALL your drives are properly identified by both model and FULL drive capacity. If they are not showing then you either need to set the BIOS to use AHCI settings for the SATA ports or install the SATA controller drivers in WinXP, if that is possible.

Why are you doing that anyway? Are the drives used or new? All SATA II or SATA I? Is the CD drive also SATA?

If so, you may need to change the setting in the BIOS and also may need to use only certain SATA ports.

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April 18, 2009 at 15:56:56
I doubt there would be enough difference between the sata drives performance to notice. While performance tests may show a difference, would you notice it in the real world use?.
Your problem is going to be installing XP on the sata drive not which one, I would use the smallest one for XP.
You will need sata drivers on floppy or slipstreamed on the XP cd to enable you to install XP, at least SP1 required.
You get the drivers from your motherboard makers website.
Alternatively your bios may have an option to use ide compatability mode.
I'm not sure about the sata optical drive if there is going to be an issue trying to boot XP from it, I've never installed XP from a sata drive.
As for the Nero issue I have read recently on another forum, someone had the same problem with Nero and sata, try another burning utility, there are free ones around.

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April 18, 2009 at 15:57:00
I have XP Pro SP2 installed on one of the SATA drives. The
three drives are all Western Digital SATA II drives (2 x 200Gb
and 1 x 500Gb) and all seem to be recognised fine at startup.
The two 200Gb drives are about 2 years old and the 500Gb
drive is just new. I can also access all of them (ie. copy files,
etc OK) but just can't see them in Drive Management to be
able to change partitions or anything. What are the AHCI

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April 18, 2009 at 18:46:00
Well, without more complete specs on your hardware I don't know if you have AHCI options in your BIOS settings but AHCI is a generic setting for running SATA hard drives that gives some of the advantages of SATA without the need to install the specialized SATA controller drivers for your particular motherboard. Usually, Intel chip set motherboards have that option. Look at the link below.


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